I Am a first year teacher, and I have ben ever taught forestry management before. It is my very first class and other than reading standees I don't know where to start with building the curriculum. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.
I Have found the GA AG ED curriculum very helpful.
I agree with Mr. Olsen. If you have any state curriculum guidelines, use those as a frame. If you don't have much background in forestry, you can try a few of these things as well. I don't know about your situation there, so I am sorry if some of these are not feasible.
- Logging Tech video from the history channel can be good... it can buy you some time, is informative, and very educational. Additionally, there may be some available worksheets here on COP that go along with the video.
-Aging a tree with the rings
- Making a leaf press(es) (Google it or use heavy books and newspaper) and then have the students make a leaf collection of the trees native to your state and/or on your state forestry cde (I like using the heavy duty 3M laminating sheets if you have funds available... if not, card stock and the laminating machine from the library.
- Have a local forester come in to give an overview of the forest industry and jobs
-Most folks that work with the US Forest Service are very knowledgeable presenters
- Have your students research the different types of equipment used in the forest industry and develop presentations on the proper uses, etc. (Lots of tools- hand and power)
- Differences in trees
-Products from trees (making posters, etc)
- Pacing and land measuring (need compass)
- Practice tree planting with survey flags, tree dibble/hoe dad (can be build in ag mech laboratory and this builds off of pacing)
- Using a dichotomous key to identify trees (this also works in reverse)
- Look at the forestry cde guidelines for your state
-Fertilization of trees
-Herbicide applications in forestry and/or interpreting chemical labels (Federal Law)... this can span multiple courses
Good luck and please let me know if you have questions about what I have typed.
I would encourage you to use your resources. There are TONS of great lessons out there.
Thank you for all the help! It is just a very overwhelming time and I am greatful for all of the ideas.
I understand. I think most have been there. Good luck! Don't hesitate to ask for assistance.
He is the link for my state's POI for Forestry that may help. http://www.alcareerinfo.org/resources_links/poi/afnr/Forestry.pdf
If you have a shop, you could have students to build biltmore sticks and go out and measure trees for calculating volumes.
The Modern Marvels Logging Tech video is great (it is on YouTube) and M.M. the Lumberyard.
Here are some links for forestry videos that may help you.
http://www.goforestry.ca/default.asp?mn=220.127.116.11 (Forestry Career Videos)
I felt the same way about teaching Forestry and Wildlife during student-teaching this past semester, but I found/acquired numerous sources of great info.
Here is the link to my Dropbox account where you will find the following:
(1) Forestry & Wildlife-Items I used during student-teaching...complete lesson plans, unit plans, unit exams, divided up by day. Dropbox - (1) Forestry & Wildlife
Georgia Ag Ed powerpoints/lesson plans already downloaded Dropbox - Forestry & Wildlife Resources (Georgia Ag Ed)
Forestry (R. Frederick)-excellent resources from a retired Ag Teacher that are great for making a curriculum map (you may even find one in this material) Dropbox - Forestry (R. Frederick)
Don't forget to lean on your local resources. Talk with foresters in your area, as well as any forestry related businesses and the state/federal agencies as well. They can give you some guidance on what is relevant to your state. They can also be guest speakers. Also seek out local farmers/agribusinessmen who can refer to you people in town who know various skills you want to teach in forestry or any ag. subject. Either they can come help you in class or teach you the skills you don't know for you to use during class. Also, don't be afraid to go very low tech.
Always remember, if this subject isn't your strong suit you only have to be 1 day smarter than your students. Work hard to get further out than 1 day, but we all know some weeks things won't allow that. Keep them exploring and you'll keep them learning.
I created a WebQuest to go with my forestry unit. The link is listed below. I have my rubrics linked in the WebQuest itself. The purpose is for the class to see the 8 forest regions in North America and learn about the trees, wildlife and state/national parks along the way. I have used this a few times. One time they made a paper 'travel journal' with printed pictures, another time I had students create PhotoStories of one region for their journal - then made sure there was no double up on the regions. If you're looking for something to fill some time - this will do it! I'm also attaching some PowerPoints and documents that I use before the web quest. Feel free to email me with questions/comments and of course corrections! email@example.com
Don't forget each state has a Land Grant College which can provide you access to forestry related extension publications. I've used these extensively in subjects like forestry and wildlife management. Your counties 4H Extension educators can provide you with local contacts and forestry project information used in 4H. Pressed leaves/ twig based herbarium or digital collections just can't be beat for kids learning economically important tree species!
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